Get ready, the holidays are coming, and they will be grand! Since COVID19 is no longer a factor, this year will be extra special when celebrating with friends and family, the more the merrier. But if you're one of the millions of people who will be traveling this holiday season, it can also be a time of stress and anxiety.
Whether you're flying internationally, cross-country or driving to see lights and sights, preparing for your trip in advance can help ensure a smooth and hassle-free journey. Here are a few tips to get you started:
1) Start Early
The early bird gets the worm—or in this case, the best deals on flights and hotels. Book your travel arrangements several weeks or even months in advance. Not only will you save money, but you'll also have your pick of dates and times.
Whenever possible, pay a little more if necessary for flexible, refundable fares and rates so when plans change you have options. And if you're traveling with young children, it's always best to have your plans firmly in place well before the chaos of the holidays descends.
2️) Make a List—and Check It Twice
Okay, so you might not be Santa Claus, but making a list is still an essential part of preparing for holiday travel. Start by making a list of everything you'll need to pack—clothes, toiletries, medications, etc.—then check it off as you go.
It's also a good idea to make copies of important documents like your passport and driver's license, just in case you lose them while you're away from home (scan or take photos of them in keep them in album on your phone). And speaking of documents…
3️) Get Your Papers in Order
If you're traveling internationally, be sure to check the expiration date of your passport (should not expire until 6 months past your travel dates) visa requirements of your destination country well in advance of your trip.
Some countries require that visitors obtain a visa before they enter, while others allow travelers to apply for a visa upon arrival.
No matter what the requirements are, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to complete the necessary paperwork; there's nothing worse than being denied entry because your paperwork isn't in order!
Following these simple tips can help take some of the stress out of holiday travel. Remember: start early, make a list, and get your papers in order. And most importantly, pack your patience, relax and enjoy the ride as getting there is always half the fun!
Wherever your travels may take you this holiday season, safe journeys, and glad tidings to all!
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